January 16, 2018

New SATB anthem: “Ride On, King Jesus”

Here’s a new arrangement of the traditional American spiritual “Ride On, King Jesus.” It’s arranged for SATB voices and piano. The arrangement was prepared for a youth choir, so the vocal ranges are limited and the parts are easily learned. There’s also a MIDI demo […]
January 11, 2018

Orchestrated choir anthem: “Christ Returns”

Here’s an anthem for SATB choir with piano, rhythm, and orchestra accompaniment. It’s based on the old gospel song “Christ Returneth,” but with updated/added lyrics and new music. There’s also a MIDI demo of the orchestration available for listening/download.      
January 6, 2018

Why I’m Not a Worship Leader

I lead the music ministry at my church. My role as a musician has several facets. I plan—and arrange, if needed—the music we use. I lead weekly rehearsals for the singers and instrumentalists. Under the guidance of the elders, I set the ideological and philosophical […]
January 5, 2018

New Resources, 1/5

Here are some resources posted on Grace Music this week: Reformation Song (Kauflin-Chester) – hymnal score Abide With Me – revised full orchestration and demo Arise, My Soul, Arise – arrangement for choir, congregation, and piano by Josh Sparkman Illumination Hymn – new hymn by Josh […]
January 3, 2018

Book Review: “Doxology and Theology”

Doxology and Theology: How the Gospel Forms the Worship Leader Matt Boswell, et al. B&H Books, 2013; 256 pages After a string of polemical reads, it’s refreshing to dive into a book in which I find myself nodding, wincing, and writing “Yes!” in the margins. […]
January 1, 2018

Rook Review: “From Memory to Imagination: Reforming the Church’s Music”

From Memory to Imagination: Reforming the Church’s Music C. Randall Bradley Eerdmans, 2012; 251 pages Imagine getting a call from your realtor one afternoon. He’s excited to show you a new listing that he thinks could be a great buy. Crown molding, new windows, stainless […]